Android Honeycomb has 20 apps at launch

Asus wheeled out its Transformer tablet-cum-notebook in London today ostensibly making it the first Android Honeycomb-powered device on the market.

The latest version of Google's mobile operating system was specifically designed for tablet PCs and should overcome some of the problems caused by the previous Gingerbread iteration's smartphone legacy.

There's little doubt that millions of Apple-phobic tech-heads will eschew Cupertino's iPad offering in favour of something a little less fruity, and both platforms certainly have their merits, but new tech lives and dies on the strength of its software.

In the short period between the iPad's announcement on January 27th 2010 and it's actual launch on April 3rd that same year, pundits predicted that Apple could actually have as many as 1,000 apps specifically made for the iPad ready for kick-off.

As it turned out, there were actually more than 2,000 apps ready and waiting for those early adopters - Apple taking advantage of the simple process of cross-porting iOS from the iPad's diminutive brethren in many cases.

That's a pretty hard act to follow for Android and its army of developers, but you would have thought they could have tried a little harder.

According to one blogger, the grand total of apps specifically written for Android Honeycomb is a thoroughly underwhelming 20.

Even taking into account the fact that Justin Williams has an ulterior motive as a Mac and iOS developer, didn't include games in his calculations, and discounted titles which had simply been blown up from Gingerbread to fill the bigger screen (there are more then 350,000 iPhone apps which can play that particular trick), the numbers look pretty sad to say the least.

Google may have a surprise in store for potential Honeycomb fans, however, as the 'Apps for Tablets' area of the Android Market is currently out of action.

Whether Google can pull an Apple-aping number of apps out of its magic hat remains to be seen but we reckon it will be a good few months before the Android developer community catches up with Apple's impressive launch stats for the iPad.